Amher­st­burg may con­sider LaSalle-like bus ser­vice

Windsor Star - - FRONT PAGE - MARY CATON mca­ton@post­media.com

Amher­st­burg is in­ter­ested in kick­ing the tires on the idea of pro­vid­ing tran­sit bus ser­vice sim­i­lar to the one LaSalle launched last week.

“I think it’s some­thing we should look into,” Amher­st­burg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said. “If we can af­ford it, it’s some­thing we should of­fer.”

Coun­cil has di­rected ad­min­is­tra­tion to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter fur­ther.

LaSalle’s new tran­sit ser­vice is of­fer­ing a 90-stop route from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The town pur­chased two buses and pays $400,000 an­nu­ally to Tran­sit Wind­sor for the ser­vice.

“It’s still early days but there’s been a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back,” LaSalle CAO Kevin Miller said Friday. “The com­mu­nity is em­brac­ing it.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tran­sit Wind­sor, LaSalle’s ser­vice at­tracted 609 rid­ers from last Tues­day through Saturday, re­spectable num­bers for a new ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to Tran­sit Wind­sor ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Pat Del­more.

Del­more noted LaSalle did a lot of the “back-end work” on es­tab­lish­ing a ser­vice through a two-phase fea­si­bil­ity study that looked at com­mu­nity in­ter­est and lo­gis­tics.

Amher­st­burg CAO John Miceli noted part of LaSalle’s fea­si­bil­ity study would ap­ply to Amher­st­burg.

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